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Victoria, Australia
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Record Description
Record Type Probate
Collection years 1841-1926
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Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of probate registers for Victoria located in the Public Records Office of Victoria (PROV), North Melbourne, Australia. A Will is a legal document that sets out the instructions of a person in relation to the distribution of his or her property after their death. The will usually names one or more persons to carry out the wishes and directions in relation to the estate. This person is called the executor/executrix. The estate can only be dealt with after the will has been approved by the Registrar of Probates. This approval is called the Grant of Probate and the document giving the approval is called Probate.<ref>Victoria Public Record Office, Series VPRS 7591, accessed 12 May 2021.

Depending on the length or type of testament you can find genealogical information to extend research for additional generations of ancestors. Wills may provide historical family information not found elsewhere. They are often the only record for the time period before census records became available, where all members of a family might be listed, or before the civil registration was implemented.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of testator
  • Death date
  • Place of birth
  • Inventory of assets
  • Place of residence and address
  • Occupation
  • Date of testament
  • Declaration
  • Names of children or heirs
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of administrator of will
  • Guardians and relationships
  • Nature of grant
  • Witnesses

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The person's name
  • Death date
  • Names of family members

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try searching by surname only
  • The person may be recorded with an abbreviated or variant form of their name
  • Remember that spelling was generally not standardized until the early part of the 20th century

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Australia.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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